The Dells-Delton Area Response Exercise Series (DARES) grant became reality because the FBI and the Department of Homeland understand how incredibly vulnerable this area is to such an attack. DARES afford us the unique opportunity to review, train and test every part of our emergency response plan. A public and private sector emergency preparedness partnership. Bringing together vast resources of the Department Homeland Security, Wisconsin Department of Emergency Management and the Health Services. This two-year capstone project culminates with a large-scale exercise on May 3-4, 2022.

That exercise will include complex mass casualty events with traumatic injuries and burn patients arriving at hospitals by various means.  It will require effective coordination of local response partners, emergency response agencies, managers, regional medical coordination and the healthcare coalition, legal, PIO’s and mass casualty services. This practical exercise is designed to test the entire system without breaking it.  DARES give us a choice to plan and work collaboratively before a critical incident occurs. When it occurs, we won’t have that choice.


To effectively exercise and evaluate a mass casualty incident of this scope requires many volunteers to perform roles as patients, witnesses, bystanders, etc. You will be interacting with Police, Fire and EMS. You will be on the front line of the exercise to observe emergency responders, triage and medical transport including helicopters in action. Volunteer roles will be carefully scripted prior to the exercise so you know what is expected of you. If available, some of you may be asked to play more then one role as the exercise is two-days in length.

WHEN: May 3-4, 2022

WHERE: Various locations in Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton

 Volunteers will be asked to be present at 5:30 a.m. on May 3, 2022 to prep for the exercise. Refreshments will be provided.

Volunteer participation will end by 4:00 p.m. each day.

Additional information and training will be available to participants after signing up.


Any questions please contact me;

Jed A. Seidl
Emergency Management Program Coordinator
Lake Delton Fire Department


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